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The vespers tapes : a novel
DiBartolomeo, Albert.
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New York : Walker and Co., 1991.
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241 pages ; 22 cm
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Publisher's Weekly Review

Dying of cancer, mob boss Carmine Tucci wants to record his memoirs and hires narrator Vincent Vespers, a South Philadelphia school teacher whose brother Frank is Tucci's right-hand man. Although he's reluctant, Vinnie agrees to help because of a big debt to his brother--Frank did time for a juvenile crime Vinnie committed. Once Tucci starts talking so do others, most notably Tucci's daughter, who tells him about the mysterious disappearance of her first love, a story that connects with Vincent's own experiences as he was growing up. The Tucci tapes become a hot item, especially for Tucci's iron-willed wife who wants to run the family after her husband dies; she vehemently (and violently) opposes her daughter's relationship with Vincent.. Against this tense, danger-filled background, Vincent's other siblings visit and dig into some difficult memories that connect their hardworking plumber father to the mob boss. Vinnie, a divorced, disconnected guy who lives alone in the South Philadelphia house of his childhood, is a refreshingly honest storyteller. DiBartolomeo's first novel is engaging and impressive. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Organized crime boss Carmine Tucci is dying and wants to tell his story so that his only child will understand his life. He hires Vincent Vespers, schoolteacher and brother of Tucci's right-hand man, to record his memories on tape. Members of the gang, as well as other crime lords, get nervous about what he is revealing, placing Vespers in a very dangerous situation. Smooth narrative style and good secondary characters offset the whining tone of Vespers as he bumbles about trying to figure out why he does not control his life. A good first effort.-- Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.